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Dreams from My Father: by  Barack  ( President of the United States ) Obama - First printing - 1995 - from Thomas J. Joyce And Company (SKU: 0009688)

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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

by Obama, Barack ( President of the United States )

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Times Books / Random House, 1995. First printing. Hardcover. Fine/very good. Octavo; xi, [xii], 403 pages; two yellow price labels from NYC's famed Strand Bookstore (from 1997, and 1998) on the front pastedown; there is a pinhole puncture starting a short, closed tear on the spine of the dust jacket, a defect which is only slightly noticeable because it part of the dj illustration which wraps around across the spine title.

Inscribed on the half-title page by Barack Obama: "To Jean and Paul / Thanks for all your / friendship and support !" F. Paul Mooring was a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory. He and Jean spearheaded the creation of the Illinois Prairie Path. He was on the DuPage Conservation Commission, the Conservation Foundation and served as president and treasurer of the Illinois Audubon Society. The Moorings were early supporters of Obama as an Illinois State Senator, and in his following campaigns for U. S. Senator from Illinois, and President of the United States. Note: this book had only one printing ( reportedly 2500 copies only) in its first edition, and many of those went to institutional libraries, and other copies were remaindered. It bears no remainder marks, but that may be how The Strand bookstore acquired it. Unlike today, few people wanted it prior to 2004 - except State Senator Obama, who bought remaindered copies after his supply of author's copies was exhausted.


Published in 1995, this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father--a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man--has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey--first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father's life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance. 


On Nov 21 2011, Frodobaggins said:
After reading 'The Audacity of Hope' I wanted to know more about how President Obama's background formed the upbeat, altruistic, intelligent ideas in his book.After reading 'Dreams From My Father', I ordered seven copies for family and friends. 'Dreams From My Father' shed light as to how Mr. Obama was able to formulate his humane, international, open, non-judgemental globallly informed, multi-cultural view of how best to lead America. It would be a wonderful book for American Middle and High School students to read and learn from.

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Dreams from My Father:
Obama, Barack ( President of the United States )
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second hand - Fine
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very good
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First printing
Times Books / Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
obama, barack obama, president of the united states, Nobel Peace Prize, memoir, biography, african american,

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About Thomas J. Joyce And Company

Joyce And Company has been in business as a professional rare bookseller and appraiser since 1975. Owner Thomas Joyce was the regular book appraiser on Home & Garden TV\'s \"The Appraisal Fair\\\" program, on international broadcasts. Thomas Joyce was the co-discoverer of George Washington's personal copy of William Leybourn's 1679 edition of THE COMPLEAT SURVEYOR, from which young Washington learned some of his surveying skills at age 16. The book had vanished for nearly a century until its re-discovery in 2017. It is now back at Mt. Vernon.


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